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127 Hours Blu-ray Review

“127 Hours” is a moving experience.

As you may know, “127 Hours” is based on the true story of thrill seeker Aron Ralston’s harrowing experience of getting his arm stuck in between a boulder and a rock in the middle of the Blue John Canyon. Of course, we all know he winds up cutting his arm off, but the story is about much more than that. To me, this is a profoundly moving account of a man reflecting on his life. It’s a story about the mistakes one has made in life and it’s a story about having the strength and courage to turn one’s life around. There are also important, poignant themes about survival and nature as well.

The thing that really struck me about the ideas in this film, however, is that we get to essentially see them presented through Ralston’s eyes here. In cinema, it is so hard to express the thoughts and views of a character, but director Danny Boyle does a fantastic job of getting into this character’s head to see what he is thinking. Yes, Boyle’s flashy, quick cut style is distracting at times, but that doesn’t take away from his storytelling accomplishments. To me, this is easily Boyle’s best work by far.

Speaking of best work, actor James Franco gives not only the performance of his career, but the best performance of 2010 in my humble opinion (with no disrespect to Colin Firth). Considering Franco only acts with a video camera for a good chunk of the film, it’s impressive to see him carry the film on his own. Whether he’s hallucinating or fighting to survive, Franco proves he can do it all here.

Summary: “127 Hours” isn’t an easy watch, but it’s a powerful film that deserves to be seen.

Video/Audio:

The 1.85:1 1080p picture quality delivers. This is a colorful film from the opening cityscapes to the gorgeous canyons.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track hits all the right notes. The sound levels are perfect here as opposed to when I saw it in theater when it was excessively loud.

Extras:
* Digital copy.
* Fox trailers.
* Exclusive behind-the-scenes footage on BD-Live. 

* 7 deleted scenes including a much longer 22 minute alternate ending. The alternate ending definitely isn’t as effective as the one used in the film.
* A nearly 19 minute short film called “God Of Love” which just won the Academy Award for best short film. It’s an interesting short about love that reminds me of 90’s indie flicks.
* Commentary by Danny Boyle, Christian Colson and Simon Beaufoy. Not the most exciting commentary, but there’s a lot of great information about the real Aron Ralston here.
* “Search And Rescue”- This is far and away the best extra as it delves into the real story of the search and rescue process to find Aron Ralston. A must watch.

* “127 Hours: An Extraordinary View”- An interesting behind-the-scenes look at the working relationship between director Danny Boyle and actor James Franco.

April 24, 2011 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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